Dennis UCHYTIL

UCHYTIL Dennis Vincent Uchytil (Duke) of Springbrook, Alberta passed away unexpectedly at the University Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta on October 12, 2006 at the age of 47. He leaves to mourn his mother Lari Uchytil, and sister Carol Uchytil of Red Deer, Alberta; brother Rod Uchytil & his wife Iris of Houston, Texas and their children Tony, Carine, Shandra and her daughter Aubrey also of Houston, Texas. His father Donald Ross Uchytil predeceased him in 1996. Dennis was born on April 2, 1959 in Calgary, Alberta. In 1962 he moved to Wetaskiwin where he spent the mischievous part of his life. If he wasn't busy catching Minks or tripping the teacher then he was busy scrubbing walls he had drawn on, or helping his brother and sister get in trouble for climbing on the roof. Dennis moved to Red Deer in 1972 and graduated from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in 1978. During these years he made numerous close friends to share his adventures of train hopping, re-arranging parked cars, cruising around in his Dodge Monaco and motorcycling. After High School, Dennis started working in the oil industry and was able to travel across Western Canada and also worked from the Arctic to the Atlantic in the course of his job. Seeking to achieve more, Dennis returned to study where he graduated from the Red Deer College in 1994 after completing the Computer Systems Technology program. In 1994 Dennis started working at the City of Red Deer as a Technical Analyst. Dennis touched the hearts of numerous people and was known as "Duke", "Sunshine", a "Big Teddy Bear", "Big Brother", and a "Big Kid with a Big Heart". He was well liked and respected by all of his co-workers and friends. While Dennis never married, he could relate very well to children and was his nephew and nieces favorite Uncle as well as being the eternal Big Brother to his own brother, sister and all of their friends. You could always count on Dennis to help out wherever he was needed. Dennis used to say just call 1-800-DENNIS and he would be there in a moment's notice. Dennis had many close lifelong friends, some of the closest were Doug and Darrell Philip, Doug Woodrow, Darcy Falardeau, Alvin and Cindy See, Scott and Linda Key to name a few. He frequently would go on camping trips with his friends where they often enjoyed riding Quads, telling stories and jokes near the campfire and just enjoying each other's company. From music and video reviews to tool clubs, Dennis shared many hobbies with his close friends. He would spend numerous hours in his garage tinkering around on vehicles and his favorite store was Princess Automotive. He had a quick sense of humor right up to the end when he commented that "he had a Sleep Number Hospital Bed and the number was uncomfortable". His friend and co-worker Bev Birch said "no one met Dennis that didn’t like him and how many people can leave that as a legacy". Dennis will be dearly missed and in our memories forever. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5508-48A Avenue, Red Deer on Wednesday October 18, 2006 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dennis' name may be directed to the S.T.A.R.S. Foundation, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 9Z9. Condolences can be forwarded to the family at www.parklandfuneralhome.com In living memory of Dennis Vincent "Duke" Uchytil, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park, Red Deer County, Alberta. Arrangements in care of PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 – 67A Street Red Deer (on Taylor Drive, one block north of 67th St.) Phone 340-4040


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